|Publication number||US7433068 B2|
|Application number||US 10/222,331|
|Publication date||Oct 7, 2008|
|Filing date||Aug 15, 2002|
|Priority date||Aug 15, 2002|
|Also published as||US20040032624|
|Publication number||10222331, 222331, US 7433068 B2, US 7433068B2, US-B2-7433068, US7433068 B2, US7433068B2|
|Inventors||Chad Stevens, Erica Saxton|
|Original Assignee||Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (15), Referenced by (48), Classifications (24), Legal Events (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates generally to peripheral devices, and more particularly to a digital transmitter device.
Many peripherals to computer networks include a scanner component. One example of such a peripheral is an “All-in-one”, also known as a multifunction peripheral (MFP) in that it has the capability to perform the multiple functions of scanning hardcopy documents, copying, digital sending, and printing. Another example is a digital network copier that scans in documents from an automatic document feeder, does high volume copying, and has the capabilities of binding, collating, folding, stacking, stapling, stitching, edge-trimming, paginating, and printing on substrates of varied composition. Each of these peripherals, when in communication with an interconnected network, can also be described as being a digital transmitter device. A digital transmitter device is an appliance that has an input device (e.g. a keyboard), a display, and a scanner. The digital transmitter device need not have a printer. A digital camera is a type of digital transmitter device, but in comparison to the foregoing, it is not as useful for handling documents and typically lacks the resolution and ability to rapidly and repetitively transfer information after scanning to a repository.
In an exemplary digital transmitting operation, a hardcopy of a document or other physical object can be presented to the scanner portion of a digital transmitter device. After scanning, the digital transmitter device transforms the scanned image into a digital representation that is then saved in a data format, such as in a bit map data format or in a Portable Document Format (PDF). Electronic messaging can be used to send an electronic mail (e-mail) message from the digital transmitter device with an attachment of the digitized representation in the data format. The e-mail message can be sent to recipients over the interconnected network, where the recipients have an e-mail address that a user manually enters at the digital transmitter device or that a user specifies using a predefined defined list of recipient e-mail addresses that can be stored in a memory of the digital transmitter device.
While digital transmitter devices are convenient, they lack the functionality required for sophisticated e-mail messaging. Current default messages used by digital transmitter devices when sending e-mail are impersonal. Adding new items associated with e-mail addressing and messaging, such as new address book entries, footers for e-mail messages, formatting for e-mail messages, etc. is difficult. Current digital transmitter e-mail capabilities are few and difficult to use. Moreover, adding such e-mail functionality to a digital transmitter device can complicate the firmware of the digital transmitter device. It would be beneficial to be able to use Internet E-mail functionality with a digital transmitter device without complicating or adding expense to the digital transmitter device. Consequently, there is a need for methods, apparatuses, digital transmitter devices, and programs that can provide such a capability.
The above-stated needs and/or others are met, for example, by a digital transmitter device having one or more processors to execute a network browser application to access an e-mail account of an e-mail server and retrieve data stored in connection with the e-mail account. Apparatus associated with the digital transmitter device scans and sends an image to a network device with the retrieved data.
These and other features of the present invention will become more fully apparent from the following description and appended claims, or may be learned by the practice of the invention as set forth hereinafter.
A more complete understanding of the various methods, apparatuses, digital transmitter devices, and programs of the present invention may be had by reference to the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings wherein the same reference numbers are used throughout the drawings to reference like components and features, and wherein:
The methods, apparatuses, digital transmitter devices, and programs described herein, according to various embodiments of the present invention, relate to the transmission of message data in an electronic mail (e-mail) from a digital transmitter device to a specific e-mail address. The message data includes an image that is captured by the digital transmitter device using a scanning mechanism. The message data also includes data obtained from an electronic mail (e-mail) account that is accessed by the digital transmitter device. The digital transmitter device accesses the data associated with the e-mail account by using a browser application that is executed by the digital transmitter device to log on and gain access to the e-mail account associated with an e-mail server. The data associated with the e-mail account can include the specific e-mail address to which the digital transmitter device will transmit the message data in the e-mail. Thus, the message data in the e-mail includes the address to which the e-mail will be transmitted.
A user of the digital transmitter device can access an e-mail account to obtain data that is stored in connection with the e-mail account. All or a portion of this data can be used to form the message data of the e-mail that is to be transmitted. This data can include, in addition to an address book of e-mail addresses, one or more text templates into which text and other input is to be inserted by the user, one or more banners, one or more advertisements, one or more emoticons, one or more logos, one or more clip art items, one or more icons, one or more signatures, one or more media files, one or more data or application files, one or more executable files, etc.
After the user has used the browser application to access the e-mail account and has retrieved data stored thereat for use in constructing e-mail messages, the user can then send the constructed e-mails to the designated e-mail addresses obtained from retrieved data in addition to any manually entered information. The digital transmitter device then transmits the message data in each e-mail to the respective e-mail addresses through the same interconnected network the digital transmitter device used to access the e-mail server that maintains the e-mail account. Thus, the digital transmitter device is in communication with the e-mail server through the interconnected network. Once the user indicates that the constructed e-mails are to be sent, any image captured at the digital transmitter device will be sent to the designated e-mail addresses. Typically, the digital transmitter device will open a connection with each e-mail server for each designated e-mail address, and then transmit the respective message data to the respective e-mail address at the respective e-mail server.
In one embodiment of the present invention, the digital transmitter device can include an input device that a user can use to input text and numbers so that a browser application executing on the digital transmitter device can access a designated e-mail account at an e-mail server. Once such access has been gained, the input device can be used by the user to selected portions of the data associated with e-mail account to retrieve, such as one or more e-mail addresses from among one or more lists of e-mail addresses stored in the data associated with the e-mail account. The input device can be a keyboard, a touch sensitive menu screen, or other conventional input mechanism.
A display at the digital transmitter device can be a touch sensitive menu screen or other small form factor display device. The display can be that of a menu page having selectable menu items. These menu items can include menu items that will permit the digital transmitter device to accept input. This input can be a Universal Resource Locator (URL) of an e-mail server at which an e-mail account is maintained, a User ID and password to access the e-mail account, a command to perform a scan function using a scanning mechanism associated with the digital transmitter device, a command to view e-mail account data, a command to select certain data to retrieve that is associated with the e-mail account, etc. Other functions can be performed by request of the user using the input device, such as retrieving e-mail received at the e-mail account, printing retrieved e-mail, reading retrieved e-mail, deleting e-mail, writing e-mail to be sent from the digital transmitter device, saving data into a data storage associated with the e-mail account, managing information with respect to the e-mail account, etc. In short, the digital transmitter can be used to operate a network browser such that any function that can be performed by the browser with respect to an e-mail account can be initiated at the digital transmitter device.
It is preferred that the digital transmitter device include a processor for execution of respective programs associated with each selected menu item, where the selection of one of the menu items initiates the execution of a respective program by the processor. When the scanning menu item is selected, the digital transmitter device captures an image with the scanning mechanism by optically scanning an object to form corresponding scanned object data. The digital transmitter device can form in message data both the designated e-mail address retrieved from the e-mail account and the scanned object data for subsequent transmission as described above. The subsequent transmission from the digital transmitter device to the designated e-mail address can be over a channel that is established by a wireless or a wired link.
Digital transmitter devices 102-1 through 102-N generally include peripheral devices and stand-alone devices. Peripheral devices include devices such as printers, scanners, copiers, and fax machines, or multifunction peripheral (MFP) devices that combine two or more peripheral devices into a single device. Stand-alone devices include certain peripheral devices that often function while uncoupled or isolated from other devices.
Digital transmitter devices 102 are generally distinguishable from devices such as laptop PCs (personal computers) and pocket PCs by their limited purpose and limited user interface or input/output capabilities. For example, a typical user interface for a digital transmitter device 102 includes a front menu panel with limited screen space and a limited number of buttons. In addition, a digital transmitter device 102 is typically oriented toward performing one general task such as scanning. By contrast, devices such as laptop and pocket PCs often provide multiple and varied means of input/output such as a full screen display, a QWERTY keyboard, a trackball mouse, speakers, microphones, PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association) slots, portable media drives and the like. These devices are capable of performing multiple functions through executing various software applications such as word processing applications, spreadsheet applications, financial applications, network browsers and network messaging applications.
Interconnected network 110 is representative of one or more communication links, either wired or wireless, that are capable of carrying data between digital transmitter device 102 and other network resources in communication with interconnected network 110. In certain exemplary implementations, interconnected network 110 includes a local area network (LAN), a wide area network (WAN), an intranet, the Internet, or other similar network. Host computers 112 as seen in
The user of digital transmitter device 102 can transmit message data from digital transmitter device 102 to interconnected network 110 by a wired or wireless link. Thus, a wireless transmission to interconnected network 110 can be through an Infrared (IR) data connection which can be implemented through the use of infra-red (IR) data ports, and/or radio frequency (RF) link, or other wireless data connections such as the Blue Tooth protocol. A wired link can be performed through a standard network or phone cable, Universal Serial Bus (USB) data connection, a serial port connection, a parallel port connection, an IEEE 1384 (“Fire Wire”™) wire connection, or via other known data transmission standards and modes. By way of example, digital transmitter device 102 can include the capabilities of a cordless handset telephone, a personal digital assistant (PDA), a portable computer, a pager, a watch and the like, any of which is also capable of transmitting data in a wireless manner.
The system 100 of
In accordance with still other aspects of the present invention, digital transmitter device 102 may be included within a multiple function peripheral (MFP) device. As its name implies, the MFP device is configured to provide multiple functions. In this example, the functions provided by the MFP device include those provided by digital transmitter device 102 and a printer device 228. Consequently, the user of digital transmitter device 102 may also print out a hardcopy of any applicable portions of data stored in association with an e-mail account at an e-mail server or otherwise acquired by digital transmitter device 102.
In general, digital transmitter device 102 includes a controller 200 to execute one or more programs. One such program in a browser module 208, such as a network browser or an Internet browser program. A network browser is a software or firmware application used to locate and display pages, such as Web pages. Depending upon the capabilities of the digital transmitter device, the network browser can be a graphical browser that can display graphics as well as text, and can also present multimedia information, including sound and video. When required, the controller 200 may execute browser module 208 that is associated with one or more plug-ins so as to be compatible with various multimedia information.
Another program that can be executed by controller 200 is a program that can transform data received from interconnected network 110 from a network resource to a driver format suitable for printing with integral printer device 228, such as a mark up language format (e.g. SMGL, HTML, or XML), or such as a job language format (e.g. PCL or postscript). Printer device 228 can have the capability of converting the data and then outputting it onto an appropriate print media, such as paper, transparencies or glossy photo paper. By way of example, e-mail messages stored at a third party e-mail server 300 can be retrieved by digital transmitter 102 for printing by printer device 228.
Digital transmitter device 102 includes one or more CPUs 202 each of which is operatively coupled to a non-volatile memory 204, and a user interface that includes an input device. Preferably, the input device will be locally accessible at digital transmitter device 102. By way of example, the input device can be a touch sensitive menu screen 226. Digital transmitter device 102 also includes a scanning mechanism 224 and at least one communication port 230 for interfacing with the interconnected network 110. When included in an MFP device, CPU(s) 202 would also be operatively coupled to printer device 228, for example. CPU(s) 202 is representative of any hardware, firmware and/or software that is configured to perform certain functions associated with the operation of digital transmitter device 102. Hence, as those skilled in the art will recognize, CPU(s) 202 may include dedicated logic and/or one or more processors, FPGAs, ASICs, or other like hardware configured in accord with software/firmware instructions, for example.
Memory 204 is representative of any type of data storage mechanism that can be accessed by at least CPU(s) 202. Memory 204 may therefore include, for example, some form of random access memory (RAM); some form of read only memory (ROM), and/or other like solid-state data storage mechanism. Memory 204 may include a magnetic and/or optical data storage mechanism. Scanning mechanism 224 is representative of any optical scanner technology that may be employed to produce scanned object data upon scanning an object. Such scanning technologies are well known. The resulting scanned object data is provided to CPU 202 and/or stored in memory 204.
Controller 200 of digital transmitter device 102 can process data retrieved from third party e-mail service 300. The controller 200 typically includes data processing unit or CPU 202, a volatile memory 220 (i.e., RAM), and non-volatile memory 204 (e.g., ROM, Flash). Digital transmitter device 102 also includes a device engine 222. The touch sensitive menu screen 226 acts as a local user interface for digital transmitter device 102 by displaying menu pages and accepting user input based on selectable menu items displayed on the menu pages. The touch sensitive menu screen 226 can be used to display a menu page, such as through execution of browser module 208, which asks for and receives input from a user of a URL of an e-mail server and a log on sequence of an e-mail account at third party e-mail service 300. This input can be used by browser module 208 to open a dialog with third party e-mail service 300 and thereafter gain access to the e-mail account using the log on sequence. Third party e-mail service 300 may execute an access control procedure against the input log on sequence to test whether the attempt to gain access should be granted. When such access has been granted, one or more e-mail addresses stored in an address book maintained at the e-mail account can be retrieved from third party e-mail service 300. E-mail can then be addressed to each retrieved e-mail address to which to image data that is scanned with scanning mechanism 224 is to be transmitted. This transmission can be performed, such as through execution of network interface module 206 and e-mail module 209, via interconnected network 110.
Controller 200 processes data and manages device functions by controlling device engine 222 and by responding to input from touch sensitive menu screen 226. Controller 200 includes device driver software/firmware in a device server 212 that is stored in memory 204 and executed on CPU(s) 202. Memory 204 also includes a server module 214 configured to serve or render menu documents 216 to the touch sensitive menu screen 226. The server module 214 is a local server in the sense that it is present within the same digital transmitter device 102 to which it serves menu documents 216.
Menu documents 216 are interpreted by the server module 214 and are configured to display textual and/or graphical information as menu pages on the touch sensitive menu screen 226. When the display of a network browser application that is typically used to access an e-mail account at third party e-mail service 300 is larger than the touch sensitive menu screen 226, the display can be programmatically adapted by controller 200 executing browser module 208. This adaptation can be a scaling of the display to a smaller size. The adaptation can also omit unnecessary or less useful display portions of the browser screen. Alternatively, or in addition, the browser screen can be parsed in the adaptation into an indexed series of displays that digital transmitter device 102 can sequentially output to the touch sensitive menu screen 226 according to the index. Input from a user can then be received from the indexed displays so as to access and retrieve data from the e-mail account at third party e-mail server 300. Other adaptation modes for respective display capabilities of digital transmitter devices are also contemplated and are thus intended to be within the scope of the invention.
Selecting a menu item by pressing a graphical key on the touch sensitive menu screen 226 triggers an event which causes a “virtual machine” 218 to interpret and execute the script code associated with the selected graphical key. The virtual machine 218 is a software module stored in memory 204 that executes on CPU(s) 202 to interpret and execute script code. The script code is associated with selectable menu items (i.e., graphical keys or buttons). One menu item is configured to perform the task of initiating a scan of an image using scanning mechanism 224. Another menu item can be configured to perform the task of receiving input of a URL and log on script for a specific e-mail account and address at third party e-mail service 300 from which e-mail account data is to retrieved via interconnected network 110 as seen in
Controller 200 can execute a user message compositing module 210 that allows a user to compose text, graphics, and other input into an e-mail message. A text editor can be a part of user message compositing module 210. Alternatively, user message compositing module 210 can execute in conjunction with utilities made available at a Website that accesses an e-mail account at third party e-mail service 300. The Website may permit a user various capabilities for composing an e-mail message, any one of which can be an interfacing function with the execution of user message compositing module 210. A discussion of various aspects of these capabilities follow.
By access to an e-mail account at a third party e-mail service, a user of a digital transmitter device can perform those functions that the Website of the e-mail service provides. Text can be retrieved from one or more data storage areas associated with the e-mail account. This text can be a template or a boiler plate text item. The Website may provide the user with functionality to add color and style and may also provide a rich-text editor. A spell checker, thesaurus, and/or dictionary functionality may also be provided. The Website may also perform requests from the digital transmitter for data encryption tasks, the result of which can then be downloaded by the digital transmitter device. Markup language strings and hyperlinks can be retrieved for use at the digital transmitter device. For instance, a markup language string can be retrieved that specifies where on Web page a section of text is to be presented in a document that will be transmitted in an e-mail from the digital transmitter device.
Language choices may be provided by the third party e-mail server Website, as well as options for creating headers and footers for text documents. Files can be retrieved from the one or more data storage areas associated with the e-mail account. These files include media files such as digital photographs, sound files, video files, and data files. Executable files and signature image files can also be retrieved. While the digital transmitter device can retrieve data associated with an e-mail account at a third party e-mail server, data can also be uploaded from the digital transmitter for storage.
One or more address books for e-mail addresses can be maintained at the e-mail account by executing the browser module 208 with the controller 200 of the digital transmitter device 102. The Website for the third party e-mail service 300 may allow a user of the digital transmitter device 102 to input abbreviations that will programmatically translate into full e-mail addresses in the one or more address books. E-mail addresses can be retrieved in various groupings, including distribution lists and newsgroups.
Access to another e-mail address of another e-mail server and reply to an e-mail in the in-box at that e-mail server from the digital transmitter device 102 may also be achieved. The digital transmitter device 102 can access other e-mail servers using any of a variety of different protocol, such as Post Office Protocol (POP) to retrieve e-mail from another ISP or other POP. As such, controller 200 executes processes resident in a network interface module 206 and e-mail module 209 for transmission over a wired and/or wireless link to interconnected network 110 for delivery to the e-mail server corresponding to a URL for a specific e-mail account retrieved by the digital transmitter device.
When a user enters a command displayed upon touch sensitive menu screen 226 to start a scanning operation, the user places a set of documents into a sheet feeder device associated with digital transmitter device 102. The sheet feeder device then physically feeds each sheet in the set of documents to scanning mechanism 224. The one or more CPUs 202 then generates a document in a first format from the scanned image that is a bit map or other digital representation of the scanned documents. The one or more CPUs 202 can then convert the document from the first format into a second format. The scanned object data in the first, second or both formats may be included in e-mail message data as an attached file that is transmitted by the digital transmitter device in an e-mail transmission. The first and second formats can be one or more of the following formats: Portable Document Format (PDF) formatted data, graphic image file format (GIFF) formatted data, tagged image file format (TIFF) formatted data, Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) formatted data, bit-map formatted data, optical character recognition (OCR) related data, American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) formatted data, and/or other forms of encoded data, including, e.g., encrypted data, etc.
When the user enters a command displayed upon touch sensitive menu screen 226 to enter or retrieve an e-mail address, digital transmitter device 102 coordinates the input of the e-mail address. Controller 200 then executes one or more routines, such as user message compositing module 210, that assemblies message data. The message data so assembled includes the e-mail address retrieved, input or otherwise designated by the user, the bit map or other output that is a digital representation of the scanned documents, and can also include any message text retrieved, composed, or entered by the user upon touch sensitive menu screen 226. The message data is then sent by a wired and/or wireless link over interconnected network 110 to the addressed location.
CPU(s) 202 is configured to perform the operations described above using various executable modules of memory 204. The network interface module 206, the browser module 208, the e-mail module 209 and the user message compositing module 210 can each be implemented in software or firmware.
In one embodiment of the invention, e-mail module 209 receives one or more e-mail addresses from one or more of third party e-mail service 300, input of an e-mail address from a user at touch sensitive menu screen 226, or by retrieval of a list of stored e-mail addresses at digital transmitter device 102. These e-mail addresses can be displayed on touch sensitive menu screen 226 in a list for further selection by the user. The list can be sorted alpha-numerically. The user can either select from among the displayed e-mail addresses or input the characters of a specific e-mail address, as discussed below with respect to
Examples of various commands 406 that can be selected by a user from a menu screen 402 are displayed upon touch sensitive menu screen 226 of digital transmitter device 102 as seen in
By way of example of the foregoing user-selectable options displayed on touch sensitive menu screen 226,
As seen in menu screen 502, the sequence of characters can be selected by the user by depressing virtual button 1006. The user then select one character by depressing virtual buttons 1004 to thereby move forward and backward through the characters. Then, when virtual button 1006 is depressed on menu screen 502, the user sees a transition back to menu screen 402 where the user can enter another command as discussed above.
Digital transmitter device 102 then assembles message data to be transmitted in one or more e-mail transmissions over interconnected network 110 to corresponding e-mail addresses that were retrieved, selected, or otherwise entered by the user, as discussed above. Other virtual buttons on the touch sensitive menu screen 226 are also contemplated in order to provide for the initiation of other or additional functions by the user, such as an item virtual item button 1008 seen in
With this in mind, CPU(s) 202 can be configured to perform the operations described above. By way of further example, a flow diagram is depicted in
In step 802, digital transmitter device 102 displays a prompt upon touch sensitive menu screen 226. The prompt solicits input from a user for a URL, an e-mail account User ID, and a password for a third party e-mail service using a user interface, as discussed above with respect to
At step 804, a dialog is opened over an interconnected network with the third party e-mail service designed in the input from the user. An access control procedure may be conducted at the third party e-mail service against the User ID and password input by the user. Access may be denied or granted by the third party e-mail service. At step 808, access to the e-mail account has been granted by the third party e-mail service and a browser display is displayed upon a display of the digital transmitter device. Depending upon the size of the display, the browser display may need to be parsed or indexed, as described above. At step 810, the user is prompted to select data that is stored in association with the e-mail account with respect to the third party e-mail service. The user's selection is displayed upon touch sensitive menu screen 226 as the input is received. One or more displays may be required to be displayed on the display of the digital transmitter device in order for the user to make all desired data selections. Each such display will show a menu screen listing data that can be selected along with a prompt to the user to select a particular displayed data item. The user's selection of each data item on each prompt is received by input upon the touch sensitive menu screen 226.
After step 810, process 800 is moved to step 812 where the requested selections are transmitted to the third party e-mail service for a retrieval process for each of the requested data items. At step 814, the third party e-mail service has retrieved each of the requested data items and sends them back over the interconnected network to the requesting digital transmitter device. At step 816, the user is prompted for a choice as to a following option that could be taken with respect to the retrieved data items.
If, at step 816, the user selected to print requested e-mail messages that were retrieved in step 814, such as the entire e-mail message, including attachments, process 800 moves to step 818 where the printing occurs. Printing may involve submission of the e-mail message to a print rendering engine module executed by controller 200 as may be found in memory 204 in
If, at step 816, the user selects the option to address e-mail messages, write e-mail messages, form e-mail messages from data to be retrieved from a storage area associated with the e-mail account, or send e-mail messages, then process 800 moves to step 820 where various menu screens are displayed upon touch sensitive menu screen 226 of
If, at step 816, the user selects the option to save data locally, then process 800 moves to step 822 where any data items that were previously retrieved from a data storage area associated with the e-mail account will be stored in memory 204 of digital transmitter device 102. If, at step 816, the user selects to read e-mail, delete e-mail, or to manage the e-mail account to which access has been gained by the digital transmitter device, then process 800 moves to step 824 when various menu screens of a network browser are displayed on the digital transmitter, such as are seen in
Accordingly, methods, apparatuses, digital transmitter devices, and programs are provided that allow a digital transmitter device to open a dialog with an e-mail server over a network, such as the Internet, using a network browser application, such as an Internet browser. The digital transmitter device allows a user to operate the network browser application to use the functionality provided to an e-mail account through a Web hosting server of a third party e-mail service provider. The browser application can be operated to digitally send scanned documents with customized e-mail messages instead of basic or boiler plate text messages. The convenience of a preconfigured e-mail account accessible through the network can be utilized by the user with the digital transmitter device. This convenience includes storage of data, e-mail address books, and other information rather than storage at the digital transmitter device. Digitally scanned documents are made available as attachments to e-mail messages or can be sent as follow-on messages to one or more of the e-mail addresses that are associated with the e-mail account at the e-mail server. As such, functionality that is not provided by the digital transmitter device can be provided through on-line access to an e-mail account. Proven Internet functionality is added so as to eliminate the need for complicating firmware in the digital transmitter device. Once Internet interaction capability has been implemented in the digital transmitter device, the need to increase the e-mail functionality is off loaded onto other programs or services provided by the Web hosting service for the e-mail account. A user interface at the digital transmitter device, which can include the functionality of a monitor, a mouse, and/or a touch pad for use with the browser application, allows a user to use sophisticated formatting tools for an e-mail message by using the capabilities of the Web hosting service for the e-mail account.
The foregoing Detailed Description has set forth an example of transmitting an e-mail message from a digital transmitter device. Embodiments of the present invention contemplate other types of data that can also be addressed and transmitted from a digital transmitter device to an electronic address, including those now known and those yet to be developed. As such, and in addition to an e-mail message transmission, embodiments of the present invention include a transmission from a digital transmitter device to an electronic address that includes an address of a network resource on a network and a destination location thereat. By of example, and not by way of limitation, the electronic address can be a file folder address at a server on a network and can also be a Web site address at a server on a network.
Thus, although some preferred embodiments of the various methods, apparatuses, system, and programs of the present invention have been illustrated in the accompanying Drawings and described in the foregoing Detailed Description, it will be understood that the invention is not limited to the exemplary implementations disclosed, but is capable of numerous rearrangements, modifications and substitutions without departing from the scope of the invention as set forth and defined by the following claims.
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|U.S. Classification||358/1.15, 358/400, 358/402, 379/100.17, 379/93.32, 358/505, 358/442|
|International Classification||H04N1/00, G06K15/00, G06F1/00, H04N1/32|
|Cooperative Classification||H04N1/00204, H04N2201/3274, H04N1/32512, H04N1/00957, H04N2201/0081, H04N2201/3278, H04N2201/3261, H04N1/32101, H04N2201/0086, H04N2201/3249|
|European Classification||H04N1/00V10, H04N1/32J3B, H04N1/32C|
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